Mexican Tarragon

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Mexican Tarragon Seeds

Tagetes lucida
Mexican Mint Marigold, Sweet Mace, Yerba Anise, Pericon, Spanish Tarragon, Yerba Anise and Cloud Plant

Mexican tarragon tastes like French tarragon with a slight anise flavor. Although it tastes like tarragon, Mexican tarragon is not a true tarragon (Artemisia). Instead, it is related to marigolds. The foliage resembles tarragon but the flowers are definitely marigolds.


Average height: 70cm
Aspect: Full sun 
Soil type: Most soil conditions, chalk, clay, loam or sandy
Sowing period: Sow indoors from February - Outdoors from end May
First signs of blossom: 10 weeks
Average flowering period: 6 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds

Because Mexican Tarragon is a beautiful flowering herb it makes a lovely addition to many parts of the garden. The flowers add colour and contrast to a herb garden, but look equally delightful within a flower border. Try growing in patio containers, or indoors on a sunny windowsill.

Snip the flowers and sprigs as required from spring onwards, once the plant is vigorously growing.